A Summary of Charter Rights
April 17, 1982

Let's take a closer look at the rights the Charter protects (although the best way to learn about them is to read the Charter itself; it's pretty short).

Charter rights are divided into a number of categories:

Fundamental Freedoms

Democratic Rights

Legal Rights

Equality Rights

Official Languages

Minority Language Educational Rights

Here are some of the key rights: 

Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)
These include freedom of: 

conscience and religion

thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communications

peaceful assembly association

Democratic Rights (sections 3, 4 and 5)

right to vote

maximum duration and sitting of legislative bodies

Mobility Rights (section 6)

the right to move to and live in Read More

A Summary of Charter Rights
April 17, 1982

Let's take a closer look at the rights the Charter protects (although the best way to learn about them is to read the Charter itself; it's pretty short).

Charter rights are divided into a number of categories:

Fundamental Freedoms

Democratic Rights

Legal Rights

Equality Rights

Official Languages

Minority Language Educational Rights

Here are some of the key rights: 

Fundamental Freedoms (Section 2)
These include freedom of: 

conscience and religion

thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communications

peaceful assembly association

Democratic Rights (sections 3, 4 and 5)

right to vote

maximum duration and sitting of legislative bodies

Mobility Rights (section 6)

the right to move to and live in any province

the right to pursue a livelihood in any province

Legal Rights (sections 7-14)

life, liberty, and security of the person

security against unreasonable search and seizure

no arbitrary detention or imprisonment

be informed promptly for the reasons for any arrest or detention

retain and instruct counsel on arrest

trial within a reasonable time by an impartial tribunal

the presumption of innocence

no self-incrimination

no cruel and unusual punishment

the right to a court-appointed interpreter

Equality Rights (section 15)

equal treatment before and under the law

equal benefit and protection of the law without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability

Language Rights

English and French are the official languages of Canada

Minority language education rights in certain circumstances.


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Learning Objectives

Learners will become aware of the specific rights and freedoms included in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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